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Citra Extra Pale Ale | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Citra Extra Pale AleCitra Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A single hop, West Coast style American Pale Ale with intense hop flavor and aromas. This is a citrus bomb that has grapefruit and passion fruit aromas with citrus lime flavors.

Added by HopHead84 on 12-18-2011

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on tap at Federatl Taphouse, enjoyed chilled in a tulip

the color is lightly hazed golden with a slight darker shade and light head with fine bead. The smell is very fruity tropical and mildly dank with herbal accents -lovely citra aroma. The feel is great with a mostly dry body with moderately bitter texture and low alcohol in the feel.

The taste is very good with nice tropical and tangy grapefruit with light herbal/spiced hop character and dry finish with lasting bitterness. The malt is very light and the hops are the main flavor with juicy quality with the aroma sending you back to the tropical and citrus in the taste with each sip. I love how there is simplicity yet this is a very drinkable ale. I have had other Citra single hop beers I did not think were done as well as this especially in the aroma which is why I gave this excellent rating - I recommend this to fans of Citra hops.

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Photo of Phil-T_Phil_30
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyable beer. Citrus notes hit the palate. Nice and refreshing, especially watching the Giants miss the playoffs during an odd year. Get those pesky Dodgers next year, G-Men!

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Photo of emyers
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours clear pale gold with a one inch white head. Head retention not stellar for an IPA/pale ale

Smell: Tons of grapefruit, slight earthiness, distinct grassy notes.

Taste: Doesn't carry nearly the same hop punch as the aroma. To be fair this is labeled as a pale ale, but even so it seems a bit lackluster. Still has a halfway decent citrus hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall: Decent pale ale, just wish it had a bit more character in the flavor profile.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice light orange glow with a big white head that lasts and leaves nice chunky lacing. Notes of grapefruit rinds, green stuff and grapefruit piths. Lighter end of medium mouthfeel, good level of carnation and slightly drying bitter finish. This comes off more as an IPA and a rather one dimensional but easy drinking one.

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a yellowish-orange color with a 1/4" head.

Smell: citrus is the dominant aroma coming from the glass.

Taste: mild caramel, grapefruit, mango, pear, and a decent hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a nicely refreshing and easy to drink pale ale. Definitely focuses on the citrus side of things.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Blue Monkey - NJ

Currently one of my top 3 favorite pale ales. Drinks like an IPA. Tons of citrus on the nose and palate. Grapefruit/grapefruit rind as well. Nice pop of dank bitterness. Some lingering bitterness afterwards on the palate but nothing overwhelming. A very tasty APA. Goes down super smooth for 7% too. An 85 BA score doesn't do it justice.

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Photo of balls_mcgee
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks great, smells decent, taste.. not too great. Tastes very slightly of citrus but flatlines quite quickly. Decent I suppose, but I'm not really a fan.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap while on vacation in Michigan earlier this month. in fact, I think this was one of only two beers I had in 9 days that wasn't brewed locally. This is a very good west coast IPA -- very high citrus hop profile. Delicious.

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Photo of clake
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bomber dated 7/28/15 into tulip glass. Appearance is a clear, deep orange with really nice lacing. Smell is very bright tropical with a hint of breadlines. This particular bottle goes down hill from appearance and smell. Hints of citrus is there but there's a bit of a metallic presence that is overpowering everything else to the point that it becomes a distraction. Moderately carbonated with a wet finish. Very well could be an oxidation problem with this. Definitely potential to be a solid beer without the off putting metallic taste going on. I will give this another go if I see it again. (Edited 8/30/15: same bottle date purchased at a different store. Still getting the metallic, copper like flavor.)

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Photo of jlindros
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice 1.5 finger creamy lush head that fades slowly, nice sticky foamy lacing too, a clear nectar orange color.

Nose starts with big toasted grains, a cereal cracker, like a saltine cracker, big grainy flour, mild mineral notes from some yeast things, a little citrus peel, zest, with touch s of orange, candied orange peel, and a little apricot even, not what I was expecting at all for a Citra pale.

Taste brings mineral water out front, weird again, some grainy toasted malts, cereal grains with more cracker like saltine or wheat cracker, etc. Then hops, but not a ton of flavor, hop water, with a little orange peel, candied orange and candied apricot, not much actual orange juice or tangerine, etc, little pink grapefruit note, pith mostly, etc. Finish is bitter rind like, fair bitterness but not a ton, a little sticky but somewhat dry.

Mouth is med bod, decent fluffy carb, hint of booze note.

Overall eh, it shouldn't be old, although there's no date I bought this at the same time as all the other Knee Deep beers and those were pretty good, not old. This one seems old or very much missing hte point of a citra beer, not very enjoyable in pretty much any category.

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Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick, rocky head. Leaves chunks of lace on the glass. The liquid is gold and cloudy.

Strong hop aroma of freshly cut grapefruit. I detect a bit of sweetness in the background.

The flavor is sharply bitter. This starts even at the initial sip. It intensifies to peak in the swallow. The aftertaste, while bitter, lasts only a moderate period of time. Near the end, it's nearly astringent. Rich for a pale ale, but with ample carbonation as well. A nice hop-head beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/42/15 (yes that's actually what it says)

A: Pours a clear pale orange. Tall frothy and fluffy white head.

S: Citra all right. Nice refreshing tropical fruit aroma. A little pineapple and apricot mainly it seems. Mango? A little bit of light sugary sweetness, like candied fruits.

T: Welp, I may have been off on the aroma. Not as much tropical fruit, lots of grapefruit and citrus in general. It's everywhere, all-encompassing. Strong flavors but not over the top. The bitterness is controlled nicely as well. Caramel sweetness in the finish. Lightly dry and somewhat bitter lingering citrus peel in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: Nice APA. Great citrusy hop flavors without crushing your bones to dust with bitterness. Almost sessionable.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw with a finger of light white head.
Smells mild citrus. Some lemon, orange, and a little peach.
Taste is a crisp clean start, light citrus carries over. Fades to a wet bitter finish. Nice balance. Not overpowering in the hop department.
Light, well balanced mouth feel. Goes down easy, no boozy burn.
Overall solid slightly citrus pale ale. Best I've had yet from Knee Deep.

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Photo of AirBob
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2.5 fingers of dense white head with good retention and excellent lacing. The lacing almost coats the entire glass. Body is clear, deep golden. Some visible, slowly ascending carbonation.

Strong, bright notes of citrus, particularly grapefruit. Some pine and a touch of caramel malt underlying.

Taste follows the nose, but far more balanced. Starts with grapefruit and malt, followed by some sweet orange flesh. Finish is bitter citrus rind, some pine and sweet malt to balance it out.

medium bodied and medium-loe carbonation.

Nothing mind blowing, but this a terrific, well crafted hoppy pale ale that does an excellent job over highlighting the single hop profile.

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Photo of fx20736
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

translucent honey yellow, natural ivory white head, scrappy lacing.Aroma is guava, pineapple and eucalyptus. Taste is mentholated grapefruit on top of soild breadiness. Unremarkable but drinkable.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces very well.

S: Bright citrus, tropical fruit, maybe a little kinda herbal dankness, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit, lime, and a hint of orange, tropical fruit, passion fruit, peach, light herbal notes, and caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid hoppy pale ale. I dig it.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Major caveat with this review, I ordered this beer online and upon arrival the brewed on date was January 5, 2015. So this is a little over 5 month old hoppy beer. Certainly not great conditions :).

Appearance: foamy white head. Little more head than usual, which I attribute to the age. Beer is straw yellow.

Smell: cracking bottle I get a nice whiff of tropical citrus and pine. Nice, but gone in a second. Pouring into a glass, there is limited odor.

Taste: citrus, pine, resin, bit of stone fruit and ending with malty cracker, white bread. Pretty muted citra flavor. Hops have faded and the malt stands out a lot. Might be the extra pale ale which would have more malt balance anyways and a combo of the citra notes fading slowly.

Feel: medium body. Very drinkable.

Overall: I'm going to give this higher marks than the actual taste because I don't want to penalize a beer for simply being old. There is a nice core beer here and I'm sure fresh this could be a treat.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 9.00. Bottled 1/28/15. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours golden orange with three fingers of fluffy white head. Nice, thick retention, including a wide halo which leaves large swaths of lace.

Smells of muted citrus peel, overripe fruit, grass and some vague sugar. Meh.

Taste is much less vibrant than I'd hoped. Musty, old citrus, grass, mild cracker and a little bread. Rather dull, with very vague Citra character.

Medium body, slightly chalky with abundant carbonation. Finishes with old orange peel, grass and a bit of cracker.

My experience with Citra Extra Pale Ale is underwhelming compared to what I know Knee Deep is capable of. I don't regret trying it but am kicking myself for paying so much without checking the date first...

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Photo of mattcrill
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light apricot and pear notes up front. A bit of pine needle character as it warms. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Really hazy amber pour with a low white head. Head retention is fair. Effervescence noted.

Flavor: Firm earthy bitterness up front. More apricot and melon flavors. A bit of citrus and mandarin orange. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No heat, astringency, or creaminess.

Overall impression: An easy drinking, hop assertive pale ale. Looks a little scary but overall is enjoyable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Medium white head. Chunky collar.

Smell - Pungent. Orange and tropical fruit hop. Toasty malt.

Taste - Really nice hop flavor. Not over the top. Tropical fruit. Hefty biscuit and toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Simple and delicious beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 2” dense white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big citrus and tropical fruit aromas,
T: A rich creamy texture fills the mouth and then gives way to rich malt and light biscuit followed by a symphony of citrus, light fruit, tropical fruit and light malt flavors and an assertive bitter finish. The hop flavors and bitterness linger.
F: Very creamy soft on the palate with medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: A big, refreshing citrusy American pale Ale loaded with tropical fruit flavors.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 03/14/15

Appearance - Pours mostly clear and golden in color with an off-white 2 finger head. Decent retention before breaking down to an island of suds with a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Leaves a fair amount of lacing that clings well.

Smell - Enticing aroma with loads of citrus backed by a bit of pine dank. Hints of caramel.

Taste - A bit more mellow than the nose leads one to believe. Citrusy with a touch of pith and pine bitterness. Caramel malt undertone that plays hard to get. A faint stone pit nuttiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Near medium in body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth delivery, going down nicely with a refreshing finish.

Overall - Delivers on the promise of a citrus forward brew, but not much complexity, though as a single hop not much was expected. Incredibly drinkable, but for the price I'd just as soon pick up a sixer of Lags New Dogtown and call it a day.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy nonic a deep burnt orange infused golden with a fluffy white slow to settle white head atop.Aromas are some what muted with leafy hops and a iron-like German lager style to it,a bit of citrus comes thru more as it sits.This a dry APA on all fronts,a crisper dry toasted malt base up against a herbal and citric hops profile,easy going down.

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Photo of FLima
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber color with a thick off-white head with great retention and leaving laces.
Delicious fruity hoppy aroma with predominant strong notes of passion fruit which is hard to differentiate from the real fruit. Hints of caramels, mango, grapefruit and bread. Not very complex, but the passion fruit was incredible.
Hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, resin, lemongrass, passion fruit, a bit of toasted malts and muffled caramel, spices, American yeast, pine, green mango, green pears, melon, pineapple core, grass and lime. Dry aftertaste with a rounded but long lasting bitterness. It sure feels bitter than its 45 IBUs, especially considering its body, nothing wasted here. Passed the sneeze test.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is well hidden.
Beefed up APA with good fruit complexity. Really a well done citrus bomb, balanced and intense but not harsh. Also with a superb real passion fruit assertive nose. If it was easily available, this would certainly a regular. Resist well over time, no lame excuses for being extra fresh.

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Photo of PeterParker
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of white head and good lacing.

Nose is intensely pungent. Big astringency with orange, lemon, and mango. Kind of smells like a bag of hops with a touch of malty sweetness added.

Taste follows smell. Citrus and tropical fruits dominate at the front. On the back end there is a dry pine that is very nice followed by the sweetness from the malt.

The body is medium and the carbonation seems to be at the right level. Extremely dry piney aftertaste lingers.

Very good for just a pale ale. Citra is one of the best hops out there and this showcases them well.

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Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 658 ratings.
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